A Westat staff member presented research at the 9th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, held in Manchester Village, Vermont, June 26-29, 2017.
James Jenness, Ph.D., presented a podium paper, coauthored with Westat’s Amy Benedick and Rick Huey, entitled, Familiarity and distraction affect drivers’ responses to in-vehicle warnings for a hazard that is not yet visible.
The paper was based on experiments conducted by Westat researchers on Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, Maryland, for a project sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Dr. Jenness was also invited to participate in two ancillary meetings during the week of the conference, including a Program Review of Human Factors for Connected Vehicles (for NHTSA), and a special workshop, Vehicle Automation: Driver Expectations.
The symposium focused on providing an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange between users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technology. Attendees included researchers and practitioners working on applications of driving assessment from the perspective of engineering, psychology, medicine, and public health.